West Elm + Shane Powers

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Last week, West Elm graciously invited a bunch of bloggers and writers to its Upper West Side store to take part in an indoor gardening workshop with Shane Powers. The event was all about West Elm's new focus on indoor gardening (they're even selling plants these days!) and Shane's new collection.

It was fun to gather with a bunch of design writers and see the latest from Shane's collaboration with West Elm. For this season he has designed a variety of matte-white ceramic vases and planters and a range of glass fish bowls and terrariums designed for indoor gardening. Shane is a wonderfully soft-spoken man who seems like he has enjoyed collaborating with West Elm, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources for the pieces in the collection.

During the demonstration, Powers showed us techniques for planting a wall planter, hanging glass bubbles (above) and terrariums. He also demonstrated how just a few blooms can make a loose and lovely grouping in his Ceramic Bud Vases. 

At the end of the workshop, we all got to try our hand at planting succulents in one of West Elm's Pebble Terrariums. Trying to get my plants to stand upright, I realized how easy Shane had made it look!



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